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  • Writer's pictureBen Waterworth

Round 5 F1 driver power rankings: Lando launches up the ladder

F1 team power rankings are done which means we now get into the driver power rankings!

Before we get to those, the disclaimer remains the same here as it does for the teams. You know the drill, these are all subjective and based mainly on my (incredibly smart) opinion mixed with form and on-track results, meaning it is a generally subjective list that holds no real weight except for the large basis of fact I like to think I can generate.

So with that in mind, let’s get to the rankings!

10. Lewis Hamilton (new)

A great sprint podium by Lewis on the Saturday was followed up by a pretty awful race on the Sunday. Given where he started on the grid however, points were a great result.

9. George Russell (+1)

George is just doing what he can with the car he has at the moment. Given the position Mercedes are in right now, that’s all he can do.

8. Fernando Alonso (+1)

Looked likely for a couple of podiums and maybe even a sprint win on the Saturday before trailing off in the back half of both races. Still a solid overall weekend by the Spaniard.

7. Oscar Piastri (-1)

Bit of a quiet weekend by Oscar which he’ll be extra disappointed by given his teammate ended up on the podium. Still managed to secure some solid points, which is a positive.

(Photo by Formula 1)

6. Nico Hulkenberg (+2)

More points for Hulkenberg in another strong weekend for the German driver. Amazingly in the five races this season so far he has scored in three of them, which is remarkable given how much doom and gloom was around the team heading into 2024. He is putting a firm grip on that potential Audi move right now.

5. Sergio Perez (-1)

Feels a bit harsh to drop Sergio back a spot in the rankings, but in the two races across the weekend he finished third in each, meaning he was a spot back to where he arguably should be. Still, he is providing some consistency for himself and the team.

4. Lando Norris (+1)

A great result for Lando to get his second podium of the season. It was also another weekend in which he routinely outpaced his teammate, making those early races of the season feel so long ago now.

3. Carlos Sainz (-1)

The first weekend all season he has looked consistently slower than his teammate. Still managed to finish in fifth place though in both the sprint and main race, so another solid showing.

2. Charles Leclerc (+1)

While Sainz has the win behind him, Leclerc has been mister consistent and remains the only driver in 2024 to finish in the top four at every single race. That has to boost him up a spot in the power rankings.

1. Max Verstappen (-)

Back to standard posting here where we praise Max for just how dominant he is and how many more records he is set to break in this sport. Albert Park seems so long ago now.

(Photo by Al Jazeera)

What do you think of this list? Which order would you currently rank the drivers in? Let me know your thoughts below!


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